Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Happy Holidays: Ready, Set, Dine

The holidays are here and there's a good chance you'll be setting the table for company sometime soon. On behalf of Caldrea, Lifestyle Expert Kelley Moore offers ideas for how to set the table while entertaining this holiday season. I love these ideas because they're easy to do and give your table a professional, chic vibe.

Make the Table Visually Stimulating
Dazzle your audience with tabletop d├ęcor by adding color and texture. For the holiday introduce seasonal colors such as eggplant, fuschia and gold to enhance the setting.

Try a Fun, Unexpected Centerpiece
While flowers are always beautiful, sometimes it is fun to add sculptural elements. At a friend's house recently, a fantastic array of vases that she'd bought on a trip to Italy were not only beautiful and different, but also a conversation starter for the table.

Provide a Menu Card
This not only allows guests to see what they have to look forward to, but you can design the cards to fit the color palette of the table and build out your holiday theme. Keep your dishes and ingredients in sync with the season to be truly cohesive.

Create Unique Placecards/Takeaways
By assigning seating for your guests, you avoid the awkward first couple of moments sitting down to the table. You can mix and match personalities to initiate conversations and new friendships. Perhaps make a matchbox with their initial on it and then send them home with a Caldrea Candle. To check out the new Caldrea Holiday Collection in Crimson Pear Ginger, go to www.caldrea.com.